Former Olympic medalist in wrestling and Bellator contender, Alexis Vila-Perdomo has been arrested in FL on April 17 and charged with Second Degree Murder involving a conspiracy and weapon, as per MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi.
Vila-Perdomo, 47, is currently being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center without bond and has a pending hold by ICE for immigration.
Vila left Cuba and defected to the United States in 1997 and few years after he ran into trouble when he crashed his car into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport terminal in 2004. He served three years in prison for ‘airport violence.’ and began his professional MMA a career shortly after that.
Vila won a bronze Olympic medal in freestyle wrestling for Cuba in 1996 and served as an assistant coach for Michigan State’s wrestling team from 2000 to 2003. During his run in MMA, he competed in promotions like Bellator, World Series of Fighting and Titan FC. Vila holds a 15-7 record in MMA and last competed in 2016 defeating Jorge Calvo at Titan FC 40.
In Bellator, he fought under bantamweight division, and notably, scores a win over the like of Joe Warren and Marcos Galvao.
No further detail emerged as of now on Vila’s arrest as he is only charged at the moment until being proven guilty.